Man-girl (1975) Hans van der Plas
A small statue is attached to a brick landing wall at Recreatiecentrum Oostervant. It is a sweet, crazy statue, but also a bit of a curiosity. The small plastic is called Man-girlbecause on the one hand it is a girl and on the other hand it is an old man. The two-sided statue is made of aluminum cement. A retirement home was demolished for the construction of the pool, so the Rotterdam artist Hans van der Plas made a double image of a young and old figure in the same silhouette. The wall is part of the composition. Van der Plas was commissioned to build the recreation center in 1975. The statue was removed during the redesign of the square.
The Rotterdam artist Hans van der Plas (Rotterdam, 1925 - Rotterdam, 1991) is a son of monumental artist Adriaan van der Plas. He attended the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts, after which he became a versatile artist. He qualified in various techniques, for free work (gouaches, graphics) and commissioned. For example, he made a number of murals, stained glass windows and sculptures, the seventies being his most productive period. Van der Plas often chose Rotterdam as a source of inspiration.